We had a similar problem. We could not give the owner 30 days notice because we feared for our horse's safety, and even life, if the BO were to know we were leaving.
However we did sign the contract stating they needed 30 days notice. However, the contract did not state that they needed physical custody of the horse for those 30 days.
Here is how I handled it:
On the first of the month I gave the BO a written notice of our intent to leave, and I paid for the entire 30 days board. The notice also explained that nowhere in the boarding contract was it stated he needed the physical presence of the horse for those 30 days, just our money. In other words, we rented the stall for that last month, but our horse didn't have to be in it. OR on the property. By paying for the month we werent going to be there, and giving him the note stating our intent to leave, we had fulfilled our obligation. He then asked when we were leaving. I said in about 15 minutes.
So we obeyed the letter of the contract. We paid a months board and gave him a 30 days notice......and took our horse with us....all in the same day.
Pulling your horse without paying for the final 30 days, is, IMO, a very very bad idea. There are all kinds of legal ramifications and you could end up in hot water legally....maybe even lose your horse. You could also severely damage your reputation as a boarder and find yourself without a place to go....I've seen it happen all too often here.
IMO, pay the 30 days, give him a notice of intent to end the contract in 30 days, state that the contract does not state the need for the physical presence of horse for the final 30 days, and get your guy out of there TODAY.
Last edited by Beauseant; 07-05-2011 at 11:22 AM.